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IMO—An Absolutely Fantastic Pick For the Future for the Ravens–Michael Campanaro

MY take—if Campanaro isn’t a Wes Welker, Julian Edelman clone then one doesn’t exist.

From Aaron Wilson’s Column in the Sun

Auditioning for his hometown team today, Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro came away encouraged by his workout at the Ravens’ training complex.
The former River Hill standout was among the NFL draft prospects who participated in today’s local prospects day at team headquarters. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and wide receivers coach Bobby Engram supervised the offensive drills.
“It went awesome,” Campanaro told The Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. “We did a lot of bag drills to start off and then receiver stuff, footwork, catching the ball clean. We did the Ravens’ route tree. It was a great workout.
R”I was able to meet with coach Engram and coach Kubiak afterward. I think I did great. I didn’t drop any passes. It was fun interacting with those guys. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg’s daughter went to River Hill, so it was good talking with him.”

The Clarksville native ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and had a 39-inch vertical leap, a 10-2 broad jump, a 6.77 three-cone drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times. He met informally with the Ravens at the combine and also had a meeting with them at the Senior Bowl.
Campanaro caught a school-record 229 passes for the Demon Deacons and finished with 2,506 career yards and 14 touchdowns.
Represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus, Campanaro is hoping to be drafted as high as the third round.
Could the Ravens be a good fit for Campanaro?
“Definitely, I think it would be a potential landing spot for me,” Campanaro said. “I think the things they do in their offense I can definitely fit that mold. I got good vibes from the coaching staff. Coach Engram said he gives them his outlook on receivers and they get together as a staff to talk about everyone.
“I feel good about my meetings with him. We’ll just see on draft day. It was a great feeling working out for the Ravens. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to work out for the Baltimore Ravens’ coaching staff.”

Ravens to Play 49ers and Skins at Home and Dallas and the Saints on the road for Preseason
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Ravens Sign Owen Daniels for 1 Year Deal

The Ravens have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, pending a physical, with tight end Owen Daniels.

Daniels, 31, has spent his entire eight-year career with new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston and the two will now reunite.

Daniels is a two-time Pro Bowler (2008 and 2012) and a refined pass catcher. He caught 70 passes for 862 yards and two touchdowns in 2008 and 62 passes for 716 yards and six scores in 2012.

He is adept at finding openings within coverage and making tough catches.

In Texans franchise history, Daniels ranks second in career receptions (385), receiving yards (4,617) and receiving touchdowns (29). He has seen action in more than 100 games with 96 starts.

from baltimoreravens.com

Harbaugh’s Contract is Extended Through 2017

Coach John Harbaugh was given a one-year contract extension by the Baltimore Ravens last month, owner Steve Bisciotti told ESPN.com on Monday.

Ravens ownership sent the right message of support by adding a year to coach John Harbaugh’s contract, writes Jamison Hensley. Story

Harbaugh signed a four-year contract last year after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. This extension means he is signed through the 2017 season.

Bisciotti indicated the extension represents a vote of confidence. He wanted Harbaugh to know his opinion of him as a leader hadn’t changed after last season, which was the first time Harbaugh hadn’t led the Ravens to the playoffs.

“I expect him to rebound from this disappointment with the same tenacity he attacks everything else,” Bisciotti said at the NFL owners’ meetings. “I just wanted him to know that disappointment is shared by all, and the only way I figured I could was to give him another year and start the clock over again.”

Harbaugh, 51, is 71-38 in six seasons with the Ravens. His .651 winning percentage ranks fourth among active coaches.

From espn.com

Free Agency and Raven Possibilities from baltimoreravens.com

2014 Ravens Free Agency Rumor Mill

Wednesday, March 12

Ravens In Contact With Alex Mack (3:13 p.m.)
Baltimore is one of four teams that have been in contact with center Alex Mack, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The Indianapolis Colts are another. Rapoport says there have been “varying levels” of interest and that teams are “waiting for the frenzy to die down.”

Daniels Visiting Packers (1:37 p.m.)
Tight end Owen Daniels is visiting the Green Bay Packers first, reports ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Daniels has been rumored as being of interest to the Ravens and Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, who coached Daniels for eight years in Houston. He’s a proven pass-catching option.

Steve Smith Will Go Elsewhere (1:29 p.m.)
Wide receiver Steve Smith’s agent told The Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson that his client will be “throwing on a jersey for another team to be named soon.” Wilson said the Ravens are expected to “closely monitor” the situation.

Jacoby Jones Signs 4 Year Deal With the Ravens

Jacoby Jonesicon article link Jacoby Jones Signs 4 Year Deal With the Ravens is dancing back to Baltimore.

The playmaking wide receiver and special teams returner has agreed in principle to a new four-year deal on the same day he was visiting the New York Giants.

Jones’ deal is for $14 million with $4.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Keeping Jones maintains the Ravens’ big-play threat on offense, and a difference-maker as a returner.

With rumors swirling of the Ravens being possible suitors for other free agent wide receivers, keeping Jones marks the third offensive player Baltimore has re-signed already this offseason, following tight end Dennis Pittaicon article link Jacoby Jones Signs 4 Year Deal With the Ravens and left tackle Eugene Monroeicon article link Jacoby Jones Signs 4 Year Deal With the Ravens.

My Take—Another player in the right man, right price category. Jacoby is a playmaker and certainly helps to make the entire offense better. He was instrumental in many Ravens wins the past 2 years.

Anquan Signs 2 Year $12 million (9 Guaranteed) deal With the 49ers

Still miss #81 but it’s time to let go.

NFL Draft Gurus Predict Who The Ravens Want in 1st Round

ESPN, Mel Kiper
Posted Feb. 6
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Junior; 6-foot-4, 231 pounds; 62 catches, 973 yards, 3 touchdowns
“I wouldn’t compare Anquan Boldin to Ebron, but I will say this: Quarterbacks love to have guys they can throw to with the confidence that their guy can win a contested catch. You could say Boldin lacked the quickness to get open, but he was a trusted target because of the way he could use his size and strength to win a physical contest to catch a pass. Ebron is the kind of new-breed tight end who can be split out, line up in the slot, or take a hit from a strongside linebacker and get into a route where he becomes a constant matchup threat and a likely winner for contested passes. Joe Flacco will like having him around.”

Sports Illustrated, Doug Farrar
Posted Feb. 6
WR Mike Evans, Texas  A&M
Redshirt sophomore, 6-5, 225; 69 catches, 1,394 yards, 12 touchdowns
“Baltimore’s offense fell off a cliff in 2013, and while the run game was the major issue, nobody with a brain is ready to give up on Ray Rice. Instead, the Ravens should be looking at better targets for Joe Flacco, who desperately missed Anquan Boldin last season. Evans has the size at 6-5 and 225 pounds to deal with aggressive defensive backs, but he can also get free in a straight line — something he showed over and over when he was on the receiving end of footballs from Johnny Manziel. Given Flacco’s natural feel for the deep ball, Evans would have Rookie of the Year potential in this offense.”

Sports Illustrated, Chris Burke
Posted. Jan. 9
WR Marqise Lee, USC
Junior; 6-0, 195; 57 catches, 791 yards, 4 touchdowns
“The Ravens cannot go through another season with their receiving corps in the shape it was in for 2013. Nabbing a potential game-breaker in the middle of Round 1 would do wonders for Joe Flacco, the run game and the offense as a whole. Lee bounced back from an injury-plagued season to star in USC’s bowl win. He has home-run potential whenever he catches the football, plus advanced capabilities as a route-runner.”

Sporting News, Eric Galko

Posted Feb. 4
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
“Finding more receiving options for Joe Flacco may be atop the Ravens to-do list this offseason, especially considering their drop in offensive success once Anquan Boldin left. With the receiver class so deep, they’ll likely look there in later rounds. Pairing Amaro with the current tight end Dennis Pitta would give this team a unique two-tight end strength that would be extremely tough to defend for their AFC North foes.”

Posted Feb. 5
ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Senior; 6-2, 232 pounds; 108 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defensed
“The Ravens had their eye on Dont’a Hightower as a possible replacement for Ray Lewis a couple of years ago. Perhaps they’ll finally land an inside linebacker from Alabama. Baltimore took Arthur Brown in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but this position could still be addressed because Daryl Smith happens to be a free agent.”

NFL.com, Bucky Brooks
Posted Jan. 14
WR Sammy Watkins
Junior; 6-1, 205 pounds; 101 receptions, 1,464 yards, 12 touchdowns
“A big-bodied receiver could be in play, and it would be hard for General Manager Ozzie Newsome to bypass the top receiver in the draft at this point.”

from baltimoreravens.com

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